The season kicks off with Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti, considered a masterpiece of the musical genius from Bergamo. It is one of the most emblematic operas of the bel canto genre and is a true archetype of romantic Italian opera. It has the typical romantic argument…the fated romance between two impossible lovers who, due to the pettiness of mankind, adversity and destiny, can only come together in death.
Giving life to the pair of lovers is soprano Jessica Pratt, one of the most acclaimed sopranos of her time and tenor Ismael Jordi, with baritone Juan Jesús Rodríguez completing the leading trio.
In the orchestra pit, once again, Italian master Riccardo Frizza returns to Bilbao. He knows this repertoire well and was the musical director of the Festival Donizetti of Bergamo. This time, he will lead the Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa.
The national debut of a co-production of the ABAO Bilbao Opera, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the Teatro Carlo Felice and the Slovak National Theatre, undersigned by Lorenzo Mariani, it is a current version in which video projections recreate the breezy marine feel of Scottish landscapes. The story unfolds in the controversial 1930s, a period in which the hopes and the degeneration of the utopias led to global authoritarian madness.
On the 26th of October, this opera will present an Opera Berri production. This social-cultural initiative of the ABAO Bilbao Opera, now in its 14th edition, aims to make opera more accessible to society, offering tickets to well-known productions at 50% of their regular prices. The cast will be headed by Marina Monzó, Giulio Pelligra and Manel Esteve.